AI-Delivered Support Shows Promise in Treating People Battling SUD

An artificial intelligence-powered app designed to help users manage their moods can also be helpful in the treatment of substance use disorder (SUD), according to a study recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The findings suggest artificial intelligence (AI) could play an important role in supplementing and improving SUD treatment in the […]

Top Trends in Digital Behavioral Health Investment

Despite the pandemic, digital behavioral health had its best year ever in terms of venture funding in 2020, when companies in the space brought in a combined $2.4 billion dollars.  That figure comes from Rock Health, a venture fund that invests in digital health companies. The company recently explored the digital behavioral health market’s key […]

Ginger Raises Another $100M in Financing Round Led by Blackstone

Ginger has raised another huge chunk of financing. This time, the on-demand virtual behavioral health care system brought in $100 million in a Series E round led by funds managed by Blackstone Growth. The new money brings Ginger’s total funding raised to more than $220 million, according to a press release announcing the news. Plus, […]

PE-Backed Behavioral Software Company Appriss Health Acquires PatientPing for a Reported $500M

Appriss Health, a care coordination software company focused on behavioral health, has acquired PatientPing, which also provides care coordination software but focuses on seniors and patients with complex needs. Appris Health announced the news Tuesday. While the companies did not formally disclose the terms of the transaction, PE Hub reported that PatientPing went for $500 […]

Boston Hospital Unveils ‘First-of-Its-Kind’ OUD Treatment App for Providers

Boston Medical Center (BMC), a nonprofit health care provider affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine, has launched an app to help providers dispense medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to individuals suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD). The interactive app, BMC MAT, is designed to help clinicians deliver MAT in office-based settings. It uses clinical algorithms […]

Behavioral Providers’ Role in Shaping Post-COVID Telehealth Rules

Telehealth has been vital in helping behavioral health providers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulatory flexibilities and payer leniency are largely to thank for that, but it’s unclear which of those freedoms will remain in place post-pandemic. Behavioral stakeholders from some of the health care industry’s largest organizations believe that data and provider input should ultimately […]

Propelled by COVID-19, AnswersNow Eyes Nationwide Expansion of Virtual Autism Treatment Offerings

Like most behavioral health providers, AnswersNow had its business turned upside down last year when the coronavirus hit the U.S. Unlike most other organizations, though, the autism services company turned the turmoil into an opportunity to revamp its business model — which it’s currently working to expand nationwide, with the help of insurers and potentially […]

Happify Health Raises $73M

New York-based Happify Health, a provider of digital therapeutics and virtual care services for mental health issues and other chronic conditions, has raised $73 million in Series D funding. The round, which the company announced Wednesday, was led by Deerfield Management Company, along with participation from Omega Capital Partners, ION Crossover Partners and existing investors. […]

Talkspace Debuts New Tool for Pandemic Stress

Virtual behavioral health provider Talkspace has launched a free, 10-day curriculum to help people cope with increased feelings of anxiety, depression and stress resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Talkspace’s Healing Curriculum was created by licensed therapists and is administered online. The curriculum’s daily mental health lessons can help users do everything from identify emotional triggers […]

Disconnect Between CEOs, Workers Could Create Employee Behavioral Benefit Opportunities

An overwhelming number of CEOs say they are doing enough to provide mental health help to their employees. But many workers feel otherwise, according to newly released data from the virtual behavioral health provider Ginger. The data comes from Ginger’s 2021 Workforce Attitudes Toward Mental Health Report, which includes feedback from 1,229 full-time US workers […]